Holy Spirit School, Lavington/Albury (368 students) – RE-ADVERTISED
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The Diocese of Wagga Wagga is in rural NSW, located in the Riverina and south western district of New South Wales. The Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers are significant geographical features of our area – the diocese – and on our eastern border lie the mountainous regions of the Great Dividing Range. The area has large and small towns and some of Australia’s richest and most picturesque countryside.
The Diocese of Wagga Wagga has a rich faith tradition; our faith communities are nourished and sustained by the sacramental life of the church administered and accessed through 31 parishes.
Our Bishop is Gerard Hanna.
The Catholic Schools Office
The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) is accountable to the Bishop and is led by the Director of Schools, Mr Alan Bowyer. There are 27 primary schools and 5 secondary schools that educate in excess of 8,500 students through the dedication and work of approximately 1,000 staff.
Holy Spirit School, Lavington – Albury
The community of Lavington dates back to the 1850′s when gold was discovered in the Black Range area. In 1966, Lavington ceased to be a separate village and was amalgamated into the Albury City Council.
The Holy Spirit Parish was established in 1970 and in late 1970 a school was opened with 50 children enrolled in Kindergarten, Year 1 and 2. The Holy Spirit School started with 3 teachers and was officially blessed and opened on Sunday 30th May, 1971.
Since these early days the student population has steadily grown and now boasts many wonderful resources and facilities including spacious grounds and many hard court areas. The latest acquisition (Feb. 2013), is a wonderful Contemporary Learning Space that encourages and promotes 21st century pedagogy.
At Holy Spirit we value:
- your child’s unique talents
- pride in appearance
- respect for the school and each other
- a safe, secure environment free from bullying
- a Contemporary Learning environment
- the Catholic faith
Educational priorities for 2016
- Continuing to provide strong Pastoral Care for all staff, students and all members of our school and parish community.
- To continue to improve student achievement in a C21st contemporary learning environment
- Providing for collegial planning and collaborative teaching practices.
- Building on our whole school improvement framework.
- Improve the use of data to inform teaching and learning across the school.
- Embed purposeful pedagogy and build teacher capacity to improve student learning outcomes.
- Further develop elements of a professional learning community.
- Use the Spiral of Inquiry for improvement in student learning in all areas of learning with a specific focus on Numeracy.
- Target professional learning to suit the needs of teachers and student.
- Use the National School Improvement Tool to identify areas for improvement across the school
February 2016 census: 368
Information on Albury can be found by clicking here
Appeal of Living in Rural NSW
If you are from a metropolitan/coastal city, and have not experienced life in rural areas, there are three key aspects for you to explore and consider:
- How would your financial position alter if you accepted a senior role in rural NSW?
- How will your home life benefit by experiencing the sense of community rural living provides?
- How will your career thrive because of the leadership experiences a senior appointment would provide?
Further Information (cut and paste these links)
Bishop Hanna’s Mandate available on webpage at http://bit.ly/1H2Mq3Q
CSO Strategic Plan available on webpage at http://bit.ly/1JT0sZs
Building on Strengths available on webpage at http://bit.ly/1zPS2yF
A Framework for Learning available on webpage at http://bit.ly/1EfEIQF
Firestick available on webpage at http://bit.ly/1JuUhHB
Accreditation to Work, Teach & Lead in Catholic Education in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga
Available on webpage at http://bit.ly/1GSrJEY
Position Title: Principal
Reports to: School Service Consultant
Religious Leadership : Religious leadership facilitates spiritual formation through a dynamic process of growth in the understanding and practice of Christian faith and spirituality. This is expressed in dedicated structures, specific programs, communal support and resources.
Educative leadership: Utilises a developmental approach to link the development of effective learning and teaching with contemporary curriculum to provide high quality student learning.
Staff Leadership: Staff leadership meaningfully integrates the personal and professional experiences of staff through distributive leadership, mutual accountability, inclusive processes and planned professional learning.
Strategic Leadership: Strategic leadership is directed towards the development, alignment, attainment and review of the vision, mission and the strategic goals for the school as set out in the school’s improvement plan.
Organisational Leadership: Organisational leadership focuses on the development, support, monitoring and evaluation of operational processes.
It is anticipated the successful applicant will be able to commence for the start of the 2017 school year.
Conditions of Employment
- Salary and Conditions will be discussed as we progress through this recruitment project. Incentives negotiable.
- The CSO is open to negotiating the term of this appointment as well as the support provided to assist the new Principal
- Salary Packaging: employees may elect to take their remuneration as a combination of cash salary and benefits as outlined in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga Salary Packaging Employee Information Guide.
- Applicants who are successful in gaining an interview will receive an interview travel allowance.
- Relocation allowance will be provided for the successful applicant, if required.
- The successful applicant will undertake a New Working with Children Check and a National Police Checking Service (Crimtrac) prior to appointment.
We invite expressions of interest from people with leadership experience in Catholic primary schools/Education offices who are able to demonstrate:
- An appreciation of and active commitment to Catholic life and practice
- Innovation in leading contemporary learning initiatives
- Ongoing development and integration of learning related to Religious Education, Theology, Scripture, Leadership and Curriculum
- An affinity for rural & regional areas
- Accreditation to teach Religious Education and have completed a minimum of four units of study at a postgraduate level in Religious Education, or Theology, or specific Catholic Leadership
Are you Interested in this Opportunity?
If you are interested in this role, there are two options for you to proceed:
- If interested, but have questions requiring a response before deciding whether to progress, then either (a) telephone our Director John Chesher (0417 068 220) or (b) email our office via email@example.com or from this page of our website with your questions.
- If and when you have enough information to start this process, then simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or from this page of our website stating your interest in Holy Spirit TS1332 also providing brief resume and a contact telephone number.
At this stage we do NOT ask for you to labour over selection criteria or provide any application document – just a one-line email to Trak Search to indicate your interest in ‘Holy Spirit Albury TS1332’ and providing your contact telephone number and a brief resume. The timeline and details for this appointment is outlined below. All emails and applications are acknowledged within 48 hours.
The Selection Process
Key dates are as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||Fri 22nd/Sat 23rd July|
|Trak Search discussions commence||From Mon 1st Aug|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Wed 10th Aug|
|Initial reference checks by Trak Search||From week commencing Mon 15th Aug|
|CSO review meeting & short listing||week of Mon 22nd Aug|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 5th Sept|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
Throughout the process, Trak Search is available for confidential discussions and to provide information to allow you to explore this opportunity and determine your interest in the role.Trak Search has been instructed to provide a process that is welcoming for people interested in this role. Significant aspects include:
- A range of additional information will be provided to you as we progress through this process.
- At the outset you will not be required to: complete an application form; provide a lengthy, comprehensive document to address the selection criteria; or any referee details. However, you will be invited to supply us with additional information (verbally and in writing) as you progress through the process.
- A late application could be accepted, providing it does not adversely impact other applications or the schedule. Please be aware however that any application received after close of business on the date noted above is more likely to be returned to you.
- At the appropriate time (refer above) we will seek written consent to speak with referees – listing referees on your resume does not signify consent.
- We expect to contact one work related referee prior to short listing, with additional references (including with a Priest referee) completed later in the process. You should always expect that prior to reaching the final stage of the project, we will ask to speak with at least one person who has: directly managed you; recently; and for a significant time period.
- All information provided to Trak Search will be made available prior to short listing, in confidence, to the CSO Executive unless you instruct Trak Search otherwise.
You are also encouraged to view our Collection Statement which provides details on the manner in which we collect and use information obtained from you during your engagement with Trak Search.